Independent

These stats will help put the troubling spike in anti-Muslim hate crimes in context.


A report titled ‘Islamophobic attacks in US are now as high as post 9/11 levels’ was published on Nov. 22nd at i100 (The Independent’s BuzzFeed style brand).

The article, based on recent FBI hate crime statistics, by i100 contributor Louis Dore, correctly reports that there were 91 anti-Muslim assaults in 2015, up from 51 such assaults the previous year and nearly the same number reported for the year of the 9/11 attacks.

Of course, even one act of anti-Muslim violence is one too many, and any such statistical increase should be taken seriously.

However, the i100 report neglected to put the number in context.  

Religious based hate crimes against Muslims are far less common than such crimes against Jews – based on the most recent FBI report, as well as statistics going back to 1996.

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FBI’s Religious-Based Hate Crime Statistics (Graph from Jewish Virtual Library)

As the Jerusalem Post noted, the most recent FBI hate crime stats for 2015 showed that 53.3% of all religiously motivated hate crimes (664 incidents) were directed at Jews, despite the fact that Jews make up less than 2% of the US population.  Indeed, prior years’ reports similarly show that Jews are consistently the victims of a highly disproportionate percentage of all religious-based hate crimes.

These numbers on the state of antisemitism in the US are quite interesting given the fact that – by any measure – Jews in America are thriving and, arguably, enjoy a degree of freedom and safety unparalleled anywhere else in the diaspora.

Similarly, despite the worrying uptick in anti-Muslim hate crimes, research has demonstrated that Muslims in America are generally thriving, and in fact mirror the broader U.S. population in educational and economic achievement levels.

The point isn’t that such hate crimes – and other perceived threats to the Muslim-American community – should be dismissed, only that the often hysterical media narrative framing Muslims as a beleaguered and oppressed minority facing a ‘tidal wave of Islamophobia’ have (based on the empirical evidence) very little basis in fact.

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  1. “Of course, even one act of anti-Muslim violence is one too many, and any such statistical increase should be taken seriously.”

    Exactly. Just a shame that the entire purpose of this blog post is to draw attention away from that and onto anti-Semitism.

    • Sorry, Gabriel, but the purpose of this blog post is not to draw attention away from anti-Muslim violence but to compare and contrast anti-Muslim anti-Semitic violence. On the other hand, your spiteful remark is one too many, and I rather think we shouldn’t take it too seriously..

  2. I wish the FBI would be as sedulous in its reporting of anti-Christian hate crimes in the USA . As we all know, they are happening with increasing frequency throughout the muslim world. Ever since the muslim in the White House took office, both Christians and Jews have been the target of his administration’s hatred.

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